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Fresh from Discover: Miller and Nair talk composable road map and updated HPE OneView 3.0


by Alison Golan

Video interviews from Discover 2016 Las Vegas are starting to appear online, giving us a behind the scenes look at the news from the show. The guys from theCUBE sat down with HPE’s Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing and Manoj Nair, Vice President of Product Management, Converged Datacenter Infrastructure.

The first question was about composable infrastructure—what is it? Miller explained that composable is a new infrastructure that allows someone to compose infrastructure when and where it is needed to run any application. Composable infrastructure consists of three key design principles: fluid resource pools (compute, storage and fabric networking), software-defined intelligence and a unified API. Unveiled at Discover London last year, HPE Synergy powered by Intel® is the first truly composable infrastructure.

Miller noted that they have 100 pre-release customers--three of them, Qualcomm, Dish Networks and Hudson Alpha, were at Discover 2016, sharing their story about composable and HPE Synergy. Miller went on to say that other HPE customers are currently “on the on-ramp to composable with technologies like HPE OneView that customers can adopt now and leverage as they move to composable.”

Nair explained how HPE OneView was designed from the ground up to reduce the inherent complexities of managing a vast assortment of infrastructure. The newly updated HPE OneView 3.0 provides software-defined intelligence across HPE’s family of infrastructure solutions and is the automation engine for HPE Synergy. By deploying HPE OneView today, with its software-defined intelligence and unified API, customers are putting themselves on the path to a composable future. 

According to Nair, “We opened up the API, so we have a whole range of partners. We keep adding traditional partners for typical applications such as VMware and Microsoft, and we continue to add cloud-native partnerships like Chef, SaltStack and Docker.”

Nair highlighted some the new features in HPE OneView 3.0. “We are on a journey of supporting more capabilities in terms of platforms and firmware updates. The big thing we’ve done is to make the firmware update process as seamless as possible so customers can migrate from their legacy environments with zero downtime.” According to Nair, the other upgrade customers are very excited about is the HPE OneView Global Dashboard, which provides an at-a-glance view of the health status of all servers, profiles and enclosures (virtual and physical). “It becomes your command central for all of your infrastructure.” 

Miller and Nair were asked to explain pricing for composable–what does the composable infrastructure look like for customers in terms of cost? Nair explained, “From a customer point of view, we have reduced the complexity, both in terms of piece parts and operational complexity, so in the end, it has a much better ROI.”

Customers are saving money because HPE is using technology to engineer costs out, continued Miller.  “Take HPE Synergy, where it has the embedded management and an embedded fabric. Versus a rack of Dell servers, it’s 17% less. Why? You’re not buying individual management services; it’s built in. So we’re taking real hardware and complexity costs out. Because it has this fabric that is inherent built into the infrastructure, you’re not buying top of rack switches.”

Miller summed it up by saying that competitors are trying to do things using old technology. “We’re delivering smarter infrastructure solutions that are more capable and more composable at lower costs.”

For more details on the all of the new and announcments from the show, check out Ric Lewis on theCube:
Ric Lewis discusses HPE game changers in interview with theCube


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